Un-blocking WordPress.com in China
I think this is a good opportunity for WordPress.com to work towards getting un-blocked in China. WordPress.com could accomplish this by censoring what can be written by bloggers writing in simplified Chinese from mainland China much in the same way that Microsoft’s Windows Live Spaces (formerly MSN Spaces) restricts the content of posts and comments of users registered with that service in mainland China.
The Chinese government seems okay with the arrangement Microsoft has made, so WordPress.com might find it fruitful to follow their model. Other examples include Google.com and Google.cn. The latter is a censored mainland Chinese version. The former is the international version of Google and at the time of writing seems uncensored, eg., the first ten results of a search for “Tiananmen Square” are almost all related to the events of 1989. Both are available in China.
If Windows Live Spaces and Google are examples of the kind of compromise that is acceptable to the Chinese government, then WordPress.com could implement a similar kind of censorship for mainland China only. In no way would this censor readers in China from reading posts in any language on WordPress.com, including Chinese. It would only restrict bloggers registered as being mainland Chinese and writing in simplified Chinese from writing posts and comments containing sensitive keywords in Chinese.China, Technology